Composition Graphique

Aude Van Ryn
Composition Graphique by London-based ceramicist and illustrator Aude Van Ryn. This decorative terracotta sculpture belongs to a set of one-off works made exclusively for The New Craftsmen. Featuring protuberant abstract shapes and a hand-painted motif, Aude’s intriguing totem, which she refers to as ‘clay collage’, draws inspiration from a variety of sources including ethnographic photography, architecture and graphic design. The human figure is a recurring theme throughout Aude’s work, whether totally abstract or more figurative – each piece in this collection strikes a playful pose.

Material: Earthenware Terracotta Clay, glazes
Dimensions: Width: 17cm, Depth: 5cm, Height: 32cm
Care Instructions: Light dusting and if necessary clean the surface with a dry, lint-free, cloth


Aude often begins by creating a small model – or maquette – before building on a larger scale. Each artwork is hand-built from grogged terracotta clay. Pieces have been cut-out from slabs of clay and assembled to create an undulating, free-standing sculpture. White underglaze and hand-mixed lead based glazes are used to decorate the piece.
The Maker Aude Van Ryn Illustrator - South East England

Celebrated Belgian illustrator and ceramicist Aude Van Ryn creates handmade ceramic tableware, figurines and sculptures. She has developed a vibrant, abstract aesthetic, incorporating dots, lines and geometric shapes, alongside brightly coloured plants, flowers and birds. Aude Van Ryn moved to London aged 21 to study illustration at Central Saint Martins. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art and has been creating distinctive illustrations for publications such as The Guardian & The New Yorker.